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Griffin Wong

Crimson staff writer Griffin Wong can be reached at griffin.wong. Follow him on Twitter @Wong_THC.

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A Note to Readers

If this Year in Sports has taught us anything, it is that Harvard athletes are resilient. This Year in Sports hopes to encapsulate our athletes’ incredible efforts in elevating Harvard athletics despite adversity and proving that, indeed, Crimson sports – and Crimson Sports – is back.


A Fade Not Forgotten: Football v. Yale, Game of the Year

The 137th installment of The Game featured three lead changes, junior kicker Jonah Lipel breaking the Ivy League single season field goal record, a blocked punt returned for a touchdown, and a 66-yard, 59-second drive by the Crimson to secure a wild victory. It was junior wide receiver Kym Wimberly who came down with the winning score, a 12-yard fade from junior quarterback Luke Emge.


Football to Face St. Thomas in Home-and-Home Series in 2023 and 2029

Starting in 2023, Harvard football will add a new opponent to its ledger; the team announced via its Instagram account on April 12 that it will play a home-and-home series against the University of St. Thomas, beginning with a clash at Harvard Stadium on Sept. 16, 2023, and ending at O’Shaughnessy Stadium in St. Paul, Minn., on Sept. 15, 2029.


Hero of Harvard-Yale: Inside Kym Wimberly's Decision to Run it Back

After permanently etching his name into the history books for his game-winning catch in Harvard's 34-31 victory in the 137th Edition of The Game, where did Kym Wimberly go? Right back to Cambridge, Massachusetts.


‘There’s Nothing Like It’: Harvard Football Travels to Face Yale in the 137th Playing of The Game

As the old adage goes, “Eventually, all great things must come to an end.” Harvard (7-2, 4-2) concludes its season against Yale (5-4, 4-2) in New Haven, Conn., in the 137th installment of The Game, which will mark the final chapter in what has been a successful season for the Crimson.


Quaking in Their Boots: Harvard Celebrates Senior Day With 23-7 Victory Over Penn

The score line belied how competitive the game was, as the Quakers earned more first downs, had more passing yards, and possessed the ball for nearly as long as Harvard. The Crimson defense stepped up in clutch situations, winning the turnover battle 4-0 to help earn the win.


‘Go 1-0 This Week’: Harvard Football, Needing Two Victories and Some Help for a Conference Title, Grounds Itself in the Present

When Harvard (6-2, 2-2 Ivy) welcomes Penn (3-5, 1-4 Ivy) to Harvard Stadium on Saturday afternoon, it will mark a celebration and an ending. The matchup is the Crimson’s last home game of the season, for next week the team will travel away from its friendly confines, where it has gone 456-227-34 (.660) all time. On Saturday, Harvard will celebrate the 18 seniors on its roster as the squad plays on Soldiers Field for the last time.


Hey There Harvard, What’s it Like in New York City?: Crimson Roar Back into Ivy Contention with 49-21 Victory over Columbia

Coming off two consecutive losses, to Princeton on Oct. 23 and Dartmouth on Oct. 30, Harvard (5-2, 2-2 Ivy) traveled down to New York City knowing it needed to beat Columbia (5-2, 2-2 Ivy) to have any chance of roaring back into the Ivy League title race. It got off to a hot start, with two touchdowns from junior running back Aaron Shampklin propelling the Crimson to a 14-0 lead after the first frame, and cruised to a 49-21 win to quash all of the Lions’ hopes for a conference championship. At 6-2 (3-2 Ivy), Harvard is now just one game back of Princeton, Dartmouth, and Yale (who defeated Brown, 63-38, on Saturday to improve to 4-1) in the Ancient Eight.